{4.5/5} “The fact was, her access to HeadSpace was the product of a complex and interconnected society, the capstone of a pyramid grounded in very old technologies, in farming and mining and manufacture and transport and energy production. It was only as that essential pyramid was crumbling that Maria became fully aware of its existence.”

Flood by Stephen Baxter, published in 2008

Lily was a hostage for 5 years. When free, she and her fellow survivors pledge to do whatever they can for each other. Helen had a baby, Grace, while in custody but the baby was taken away — and they vow to get Grace back. Meanwhile, something has caused the sea to rise faster than expected by climate change — and there’s flooding all over Britain.

The story is a bit harsher than what I usually read. I wouldn’t want to read one like this every day, but it has Baxter’s typical fascinating speculation and intriguing characters. You might even want to read the sequel.

It’s about responses to disaster. It’s about how sometimes people don’t listen to scientists — even other scientists.

I’ve read 13 books by Baxter. I previously reviewed The Massacre of Mankind.

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